Peter King: 'I don't really think' Aaron Rodgers' return to Packers all about money

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The incessant rumors and speculation surrounding Aaron Rodgers' future in the NFL have finally ended. According to multiple reports, the reigning MVP has agreed to a massive four-year, $200 million contract extension with the Green Bay Packers, with $153 million fully guaranteed. This contract makes Rodgers the highest-paid player in league history, as his AAV is $50 million.

Rodgers confirmed his return to the Packers via Twitter on Monday, but also called the reported terms of his mega deal "inaccurate." Regardless of what the actual contract terms are, the 38-year-old will soon play his 18th season with Green Bay, hoping to slay playoff demons and win another Super Bowl.

"I'm not going to lie to you, I don't know [how close Rodgers was to possibly leaving]. I trust the reporting on it," NBC Sports columnist Peter King told the Maggie and Perloff show on Tuesday. "I applaud Aaron Rodgers and his agent, David Dunne, and a lot of their friends -- I don't think they spilled beans until Pat McAfee said and tweeted what he did today... I don't really think it was all about the money.

"Although, we always knew if he was going to come back, they were going to have to pay him more than [Patrick] Mahomes, more than the best contracts currently in the NFL. Football is a game of hopscotch and contracts. By the time Rodgers finishes playing, if he plays three more years -- I think it's only safe to say for sure that he'll play one, and my guess is maybe two -- he'll be hopscotched by three quarterbacks by then."

Rodgers produced his fourth career MVP campaign in 2021. In 16 games, he amassed 4,115 passing yards with 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions, and didn't commit a single turnover from Week 10 on. Rodgers also delivered some clutch performances while battling a broken pinky toe, suffered in mid-November. Green Bay's season ended on a sour note, though, as its offense scored 10 points in a divisional-round home loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

In addition to Rodgers' return, the Packers will be applying the franchise tag on superstar receiver Davante Adams, according to reports. The 29-year-old racked up 1,553 yards on 123 receptions (169 targets) with 11 touchdowns in 2021, and he's now set to earn $18.4 million next season. The duo of Adams and Rodgers has been outright filthy -- they're already the most productive touchdown tandem in franchise history.

The entire NFL conversation between King and Maggie and Perloff can be accessed in the audio player above.

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